2014 BMW 3-Series vs. Its Competition

2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo  -  Driven, December 2013
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2014 BMW 3-Series offers a very well-balanced and attractive set of features and performance, but so do several other cars in the segment.

The most interesting alternative may be the Cadillac ATS, a new American sport-luxury sedan with agile handling, strong engines, and a refined, tech-centric driving environment.

The new Lexus IS sports a sharper look and refined ride, but lacks the BMW's (or the Cadillac's) on-road poise and handling.

Infiniti's new Q50 is an unknown, having yet to hit the market, but its sharp looks and potent powertrains are enticing.

BMW's home-country rivals, the Mercedes-Benz C Class and Audi A4, remain valid options in the segment, with similar pricing and features, as well as performance.

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2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Sport2014 INFINITI Q50
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2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport2014 Lexus IS 350
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Quick Specs
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The 2014 BMW 3-Series retains its sporting heritage, but has grown to become a high-tech, spacious, comfortable, and safe range of vehicles.
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The 2014 Audi A4 and S4 are trim, tech-savvy alternatives to the usual German luxury sedans, and to one stunningly good American one.
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The 2014 Cadillac ATS puts the Germans on notice in handling and performance, while hitting high marks in quality and comfort, too.
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With a hot new look, a Hybrid, some world-first technology, and much-improved cabin refinement--combined with a sharp, eager driving character--the 2014 Infiniti Q50 seeks new sport-sedan believers.
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For those who have a want a value-oriented car that projects the right image, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes a lot of sense.
MSRP From     
$32,750$33,800$33,065$37,150$39,615$35,800
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas I4Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompactMid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 320i RWD South Africa4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige4-Door Sedan 2.5L RWD4-Door Sedan RWD350 4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanFrontTrak SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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